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Egypt Media Roundup (July 16)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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أي تحالف اجتماعي يحكم مصر ما بعد الثورة؟

السيناريوهات المطروحة فاز الإخوان المسلمون بأكثرية واضحة في انتخابات مجلس الشعب الذي تلا ثورة يناير ثم نجحوا في إنجاح مرشحهم للرئاسة بأغلبية طفيفة بعدها بعدة شهور. وأمسى واضحاً أن الإخوان المسلمين سيكونون القوة السياسية الكبرى والمرشحة للهيمنة على المجال السياسي المنفتح بعد سقوط نظام مبارك. ورغم أنه قد يكون من ...  Read More »

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The Rise of Egypt's Workers

[The following report was authored by Joel Beinin and published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on 28 June 2012.]  The Rise of Egypt's Workers Summary Workers have long sought to bring change to the Egyptian system, yet the independent labor movement has only recently begun to find a ...  Read More »

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Meeting Essam Sharaf: Time for Truth and Reconciliation?

Over the past sixteen months, much has been written about Egypt’s leaderless revolution, with many blaming its seeming sluggishness on the absence of a single figure to unite and represent the now fragmented revolutionary forces. To me, and perhaps others, Essam Sharaf was—however briefly—a potential candidate for ...  Read More »

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The Magic Of Your Eyes: Rima Khcheich Pays Tribute to Sabah

­­After Warda’s sad passing in May, fans of traditional Arabic music were left counting the few precious giants that remain from the era where Arabic music flourished—around the middle of the previous century. Fortunately, on the Lebanese front, Fairouz and Wadih Al-Safi are still performing, and so is another ...  Read More »

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Egypt on Jadaliyya: June 2012 Edition

This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: The Elections of the Revolution - From the Street to the Ballot Box (Cairo, 15 July Deadline)

Egypt Arab World Abstract due 15 July Cairo, Egypt Published by Centre d'Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales Since the January 25 Revolution, Egyptians have been offered several opportunities to make their voices heard through the ballot box. The elections held in 2011 and 2012 have ...  Read More »

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Return of Egypt People's Assembly Dogged by Legal, Constitutional Ambiguity

The People's Assembly, the lower house of Egypt's parliament, is due to meet within hours, following a surprise Sunday decree issued by newly-inaugurated President Mohamed Morsi calling for the reinstatement of the dissolved assembly and for fresh legislative polls within sixty days of the ratification of a new ...  Read More »

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President's Reinstatement of Egypt Parliament Met with Praise, Indignation

A surprise decision by Egypt's newly-inaugurated President Mohamed Morsi reinstating the dissolved People's Assembly (the lower house of parliament) has led to a state of political confusion, bringing an end to the relative calm that has prevailed since last month's hotly-contested presidential runoff vote. The ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 9)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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خيارات المصريين بين بلاغة الثورة وأكاذيب النظام

أدار المجلس العسكري الحياة السياسية في مصر في المرحلة الانتقالية بأوصاف تراوح بين الارتباك وربما التآمر على الثورة والوطن. غير أنّه أظهر حنكة بالغة في الحفاظ على النظام ومصالحه، وهو في القلب منها. فقد استطاع أن يهندس خريطة القوى السياسية والأساس القانوني لها، من خلال الإعلانات الدستورية المتتابعة، من دون أن تطاوله تهم ...  Read More »

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Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Era: Critique of an Emerging Phenomenon

In a clip that is quite telling of how far relations between digital-savvy youth and power structures have come; the botched, now incarcerated, heir to Egypt’s throne, Gamal Mubarak, was asked a question on his view regarding the youth of Facebook. The young Mubarak dismissed the question mockingly by asking another ...  Read More »

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The Muslim Brotherhood and the Military: A New Deal?

Speculation is rife that the Muslim Brotherhood are again reaching a deal with the ruling military council after weeks of what seemed to be escalating tensions between the two. The long awaited government Morsi is expected to appoint soon may reveal what the two parties will finally agree upon. While sources at ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 2)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Morsi, SCAF, and the Revolutionary Left

As soon as the news broke last Sunday that Mohamed Morsi was officially declared Egypt’s first elected civilian president, I could hear loud happy chants and cheers in my street. The janitors in my neighborhood gathered around the corner in their galabiyas, jumping up and down, in the same fashion I usually see them ...  Read More »

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The President, SCAF, and the Future of Egypt: Interview with Sarah Sirgany

The following Skype interview was conducted on 29 June 2012 with Sarah Sirgany, an Egyptian journalist and editor at Egypt Monocle. In the first video, Sirgany discusses the presidential election outome while situating it within allegations of deal-making between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Surpeme Council for the ...  Read More »

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Egypt After the Election: An Interview with Mona El-Ghobashy and Joshua Stacher

Both fresh off of field research trips to Egypt during the presidential election, political scientists Mona El-Ghobashy (Barnard College) and Joshua Stacher (Kent State University) discuss the state of the political transition on Wisconsin Public Radio's Kathleen Dunn Show. Professors El-Ghobashy and Stacher debate ...  Read More »

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لماذا تعثرت الثورة المصرية؟

يقسم بعض علماء الاجتماع والسياسة الثورات إلى ثلاثة أصناف نمطية. الصنف الأول هو الثورات التلقائية (spontaneous revolutions)، وهي ثورات تشتعل غالباً بعد حدث يستنفر عموم الشعب على النظام الحاكم، ثم تتداعى الأحداث بين فعل ورد فعل حتى تنجح الثورة في هدفها (الأول أو الأخير حسب كل حالة) وهو إسقاط الحاكم أو النظام. الصنف ...  Read More »

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In Search of a New Political Language

In the first round of the 2012 presidential election, more than thirty-nine percent of Egyptians voted for candidates representing neither the Muslim Brotherhood nor former President Hosni Mubarak's regime. The combined vote of Hamdeen Sabbahi and Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, the biggest winners in this category, ...  Read More »

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The Politics of Image: The Bedouins of South Sinai

They live within Egyptian borders, they carry Egyptian identification cards, some of them even serve in the Egyptian army, but to the majority of Egyptians, the Bedouins of the Sinai Peninsula remain the widely enigmatic “others,” if not exotic creatures of the desert then villainous outlaws of the steppes. To the ...  Read More »

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And The Winner Is...

Many observers have declared that last week marked the death of Egypt’s democratic transition. First, there was the dissolution of an elected Parliament, ordered by a court and enforced by the army. Then, an arbitrary military decree gave the ruling generals control over the new constitution and restricted the ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 25)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Elections Commission: Morsy is President

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsy will be Egypt’s next president, the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) announced on Sunday. Morsy will be Egypt's first civilian president since the foundation of the modern republic. Morsy took 51.73 percent of the vote, compared to Ahmed Shafiq's 48.27 percent, ...  Read More »

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Shafiq Supporters Demonstrate Against Brotherhood

Tens of  thousands of supporters of presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq gathered in Nasr City on Saturday, one day before the election results are expected to be announced, chanting against the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamed Mursi, Shafiq’s runoff rival.  Protesters, holding aloft banners branded ...  Read More »

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Elections Commission to Announce Presidential Poll Result on Sunday at Three Pm

The results of the presidential election will be announced on Sunday at three pm, Presidential Elections Commission Secretary General Hatem Bagato said Saturday. Bagato said in a statement that Farouk Sultan, head of the PEC, will be the person who will announce the result at a press conference on ...  Read More »

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A Deal Could Be Reached to End Current Confrontation: SCAF, Brotherhood Sources

Sources close to both the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Muslim Brotherhood confirmed the two sides were heavily engaged in high-level talks that could produce "a political deal", which is likely to include announcing the Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi Egypt's president ...  Read More »

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Recalling the Past: The Battle over History, Collective Memory and Memorialization in Egypt

History is inescapable in Egypt. Foreign tourists drawn to the abundant physical remains of Coptic, Pharaonic, Hellenic, and Islamic cultures are reminded of the contemporary past as they head downtown from the Cairo airport past the triumphant October War Panorama, a war museum commemorating the 1973 war with fighter ...  Read More »

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Islamists Dominate Tahrir Sit-In Against SCAF

A few thousand people from across Egypt responded to the Muslim Brotherhood’s call for a sit-in and protest in Tahrir Square today, though numbers were low compared to the major protests the epicenter of the revolution has witnessed in its history, and comprised mainly of Islamists, despite calls for a united front ...  Read More »

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Shafiq To Be Named President on Sunday, Claim Govt Sources

Egypt's electoral body is set to announce Ahmed Shafiq as the country's new president on Sunday evening, several government sources claimed. Western diplomats in Cairo also said they have heard similar predictions from Cabinet members over the last three days. A source in the current government said that Shafiq will ...  Read More »

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الشرعية الثورية: كيف تحل مكان شرعية القضاء والدستور؟

برز مفهوم الشرعية الثورية في الأيام الأولى للثورات العربية كتعبير عن إرادة شعبية موحّدة أو شبة موحّدة لأسقاط الأنظمة القائمة، بما فيها دساتير تلك الأنظمة وأي قانون يعترض طريق الثورة. والغريب في الأمر هو أنه رغم القبول العام لهذا المبدأ في فترة بداية الثورة، فقد دخل إلى حيّز النسيان بعد مراحلها الأولى، وتم استبداله ...  Read More »

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Egypt Elections Watch Update





A Jadaliyya and Ahram Online Initiative

As part of the Egypt Elections Watch (EEW), Jadaliyya and Ahram Online, with the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University) as co-sponsors, will produce articles/posts/profiles on a weekly basis, covering organizations, political parties, coalitions, relevant laws and procedures, and profiles of key individuals related to the Egyptian elections. This is in addition to news updates summarizing major developments surrounding the lead-up to the election, such as emerging or shifting alliances, new political positions, and candidacy announcements. If you have questions, comments, contributions, and/or an eye-witness account, please email us at: eew@jadaliyya.com. For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.

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Population   82,079,636
GDP  $497.8 billion
Unemployment   9%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 24.8%
Internet Users   20.136 million (2009)
Exchange Rate  5.6124 Egyptian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate  5.1%
Military Expenditures   3.4% of GDP (World Rank: 35)
Health Expenditures  6.4% of GDP (World Rank: 94)
Population Growth Rate  1.96%
Age Structure   0-14 years: 32.7%; 15-64 years: 62.8%; 65 years and over: 4.5%
Literacy   71.4%
Religious Demographics   Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%; Coptic 9%; other Christian 1%

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